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* Robin Williams gives a chilling performance as one in ''The Secret Agent'', a film adaptation of Creator/JosephConrad's novel.

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* Robin Williams Creator/RobinWilliams gives a chilling performance as one in ''The Secret Agent'', ''Film/TheSecretAgent'', a film adaptation of Creator/JosephConrad's novel.


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* The ''Planescape'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting's Anarch faction has a number of members who believe in "overthrow the status quo now," without worrying about what's going to replace it. On the other hand, their motives could be considered better than say, the Sinker fraction of the Doomguard, who worship entropy and destruction for its own sake, or the Xaositects, for whom "having a plan" isn't really an option.

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* The ''Planescape'' ''TabletopGame/Planescape'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting's Anarch Anarchist faction has a number of members who believe in "overthrow the status quo now," without worrying about what's going to replace it. On the other hand, their motives could be considered better than say, the Sinker fraction of the Doomguard, who worship entropy and destruction for its own sake, or the Xaositects, for whom "having a plan" isn't really an option.


[[caption-width-right:297:[-Cartoon conceptions of [[AnarchyIsChaos anarchism]] have [[DeadUnicornTrope varied over the years]]. Proceeding from top left: [[ComicBook/TheCartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse Larry Gonick]] [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bombthrowinganarchist.gif (1991);]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/af/TaburinChildrens.jpg/1000px-TaburinChildrens.jpg Vladimir Taburin]] [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/anarchist_3508.jpg (1917);]] Mike Flugennock[[note]]parodying the ''Discus Thrower'' sculpture[[/note]] [[http://sinkers.org (2011);]] [[Comicbook/VForVendetta Alan Moore]] [[http://fandomania.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/3.jpg (1989).]]-] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:297:[-Cartoon conceptions of [[AnarchyIsChaos anarchism]] have [[DeadUnicornTrope varied over the years]]. Proceeding from top left: [[ComicBook/TheCartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse Larry Gonick]] [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bombthrowinganarchist.gif (1991);]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/af/TaburinChildrens.jpg/1000px-TaburinChildrens.jpg Vladimir Taburin]] [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/anarchist_3508.jpg (1917);]] Mike Flugennock[[note]]parodying the ''Discus Thrower'' sculpture[[/note]] [[http://sinkers.org (2011);]] [[Comicbook/VForVendetta Alan Moore]] Moore and Dave Gibbons]] [[http://fandomania.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/3.jpg (1989).]]-] ]]


Compare MadBomber, DirtyCommunists, LuddWasRight. For the right-wing version, see RightWingMilitiaFanatic. See also AnarchyIsChaos for an aversion. Contrast with RevolutionariesWhoDontDoAnything. For actual bomb throwing as a WeaponOfChoice see ThrowDownTheBomblet.

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Compare MadBomber, DirtyCommunists, LuddWasRight. For the right-wing version, see RightWingMilitiaFanatic. See also AnarchyIsChaos for an aversion. Contrast with RevolutionariesWhoDontDoAnything. For actual bomb throwing bomb-throwing as a WeaponOfChoice WeaponOfChoice, see ThrowDownTheBomblet.



* Franchise/{{Batman}} villain (and obvious ComicBook/{{V|ForVendetta}} {{Expy}}) ComicBook/{{Anarky}} is also a subversion. Sure, he's regularly put against Batman, but he's able to explain his motivations clearly and is often painted as more of an AntiHero who just happens to think violent means are okay against certain targets. He even had his own book for a few issues. As of late, however, in the last few issues of ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' there seems to be a new guy behind the mask who hews closer to this trope, and the actual Anarky is stuck in a technopathic coma seeking revenge. The original author is apparently not pleased with this development. Unlike [[ComicBook/VForVendetta V]], he was even a TechnicalPacifist.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} villain (and obvious ComicBook/{{V|ForVendetta}} {{Expy}}) ComicBook/{{Anarky}} is also a subversion. Sure, he's regularly put against Batman, but he's able to explain his motivations clearly and is often painted as more of an AntiHero who just happens to think violent means are okay against certain targets. He even had his own book for a few issues. As of late, however, in the last few issues of ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' Robin]]'', there seems to be a new guy behind the mask who hews closer to this trope, and the actual Anarky is stuck in a technopathic coma seeking revenge. The original author is apparently not pleased with this development. Unlike [[ComicBook/VForVendetta V]], he was even a TechnicalPacifist.



* Generally avoided in the Chilean comic ''Zombies en la Moneda'', where one of the protagonists is El Kila, an anarchist who is also a TechnicalPacifist (and who on more than one occasion has ended up punching Chilean Neonazis). However in Volume 5 he meets an old friend who is also an anarchist and who is upset by how little Chilean society has changed after the ZombieApocalypse, [[spoiler:so he has a plan to carry out a series of terrorist attacks using loaded zombies with explosive vests]] . The Kila is not happy at all.

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* Generally avoided in the Chilean comic ''Zombies en la Moneda'', where one of the protagonists is El Kila, an anarchist who is also a TechnicalPacifist (and who on more than one occasion has ended up punching Chilean Neonazis). However However, in Volume 5 5, he meets an old friend who is also an anarchist and who is upset by how little Chilean society has changed after the ZombieApocalypse, [[spoiler:so he has a plan to carry out a series of terrorist attacks using loaded zombies with explosive vests]] .vests]]. The Kila is not happy at all.



* ''Film/TheWeatherUnderground'' (2002), a documentary about the left-wing terrorist organization that went on a bombing campaign in the United States in the 1970s. They were actually Marxist-Leninist, but fit into the stereotypical mold.

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* ''Film/TheWeatherUnderground'' (2002), a documentary about the left-wing terrorist organization that went on a bombing campaign in the United States in the 1970s. They were actually Marxist-Leninist, Marxist-Leninist but fit into the stereotypical mold.



* ''Film/JEdgar'' features anarchists, whom Hoover inaccurately refers to as "Bolshevik communists," who attempt to kill the Attorney General of the US, among other high-profile targets. This is TruthInTelevision, since it actually happened in 1919.

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* ''Film/JEdgar'' features anarchists, whom Hoover inaccurately refers to as "Bolshevik communists," who attempt to kill the Attorney General of the US, among other high-profile targets. This is TruthInTelevision, TruthInTelevision since it actually happened in 1919.



* The titular VillainProtagonist ''{{Literature/Fantomas}}'' is initially claimed to be a radical French anarchist who commits all sorts of crimes in the hopes of brining down civilisation. However, in practice he comes across as more of a CardCarryingVillain [[PlayedForDrama played dead straight]], a [[{{Sadist}} sadistic]] [[TheSociopath psychopath]] and SerialKiller with a [[DiabolicalMastermind vast criminal network]] who commits a range of violent crimes ForTheEvulz. He is [[TheBadGuyWins never caught or killed]] in any of the stories and on the occasions that he is, he is either FakingTheDead or even [[FrameUp framing innocent people to be arrested or executed in his place]], and it is likely that his only real goal is simply infamy.

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* The titular VillainProtagonist ''{{Literature/Fantomas}}'' is initially claimed to be a radical French anarchist who commits all sorts of crimes in the hopes of brining bringing down civilisation. However, in practice he comes across as more of a CardCarryingVillain [[PlayedForDrama played dead straight]], a [[{{Sadist}} sadistic]] [[TheSociopath psychopath]] and SerialKiller with a [[DiabolicalMastermind vast criminal network]] who commits a range of violent crimes ForTheEvulz. He is [[TheBadGuyWins never caught or killed]] in any of the stories and on the occasions that he is, he is either FakingTheDead or even [[FrameUp framing innocent people to be arrested or executed in his place]], and it is likely that his only real goal is simply infamy.



** The story also includes the grotesque figure of Karl Yundt, who is expresses himself thus: "I have always dreamed of a band of men absolute in their resolve to discard all scruples in the choice of means, strong enough to give themselves frankly the name of destroyers, and free from the taint of that resigned pessimism which rots the world. No pity for anything on earth, including themselves, and death enlisted for good and all in the service of humanity that's what I would have liked to see." He has long since forgotten what he hoped to build in place of the old order.

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** The story also includes the grotesque figure of Karl Yundt, who is expresses himself thus: "I have always dreamed of a band of men absolute in their resolve to discard all scruples in the choice of means, strong enough to give themselves frankly the name of destroyers, and free from the taint of that resigned pessimism which rots the world. No pity for anything on earth, including themselves, and death enlisted for good and all in the service of humanity that's what I would have liked to see." He has long since forgotten what he hoped to build in place of the old order.



* BAST in ''Literature/WinLoseOrDie'' is known as an organization which believes that global anarchy through terrorism leads to absolute power. What the organization doesn't know that its leader is just using his people to gain money.

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* BAST in ''Literature/WinLoseOrDie'' is known as an organization which that believes that global anarchy through terrorism leads to absolute power. What the organization doesn't know that its leader is just using his people to gain money.



* The Anarchists in ''Literature/{{Renegades}}'' started their revolution by literally bringing down the government, destroying buildings and armies. In the present day, they want to kill the Council, and are willing to carry out terrorist attacks, including assassination and mass bombings, to get their wish.

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* The Anarchists in ''Literature/{{Renegades}}'' started their revolution by literally bringing down the government, destroying buildings and armies. In the present day, they want to kill the Council, Council and are willing to carry out terrorist attacks, including assassination and mass bombings, to get their wish.



* Whenever anti-globalization activists or environmentalists (of any stripe) show up on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' or other {{Police Procedural}}s, they are invariably this. If the producers [[StrawmanHasAPoint wish to explore]] [[StrawmanPolitical their motivations]], they will turn out to be {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who believe UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, but undergo a VillainousBreakdown or EpiphanyTherapy [[ExasperatedPerp in response to]] a KirkSummation.

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* Whenever anti-globalization activists or environmentalists (of any stripe) show up on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' or other {{Police Procedural}}s, they are invariably this. If the producers [[StrawmanHasAPoint wish to explore]] [[StrawmanPolitical their motivations]], they will turn out to be {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who believe UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans but undergo a VillainousBreakdown or EpiphanyTherapy [[ExasperatedPerp in response to]] a KirkSummation.



* An ExploitedTrope in ''Series/PeakyBlinders''. Tommy tells a criminal rival that his companion waiting outside is an anarchist and therefore has the explosives knowledge to blow up the building they're standing in. In reality, the companion is an oblivious artist and there is no bomb. The story takes place in 1921, when anarchist terrorism was still going on.

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* An ExploitedTrope in ''Series/PeakyBlinders''. Tommy tells a criminal rival that his companion waiting outside is an anarchist and therefore has the explosives knowledge to blow up the building they're standing in. In reality, the companion is an oblivious artist and there is no bomb. The story takes place in 1921, 1921 when anarchist terrorism was still going on.



*** However, by the time 5th ed. rolls around and the metaplot moves forward to mid-TheNewTens, the Anarchs have come back with a vengeance. A number of disasters, from mass defections to Website/YouTube to the Inquisition kicking back into gear and a number of three-letter agencies starting to get a hint, have caused the Camarilla to wane and the Sabbat to all but vanish. The Anarchs are simply better suited to living on the fringes of society, and have filled a lot of that power vacuum.

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*** However, by the time 5th ed. rolls around and the metaplot moves forward to mid-TheNewTens, the Anarchs have come back with a vengeance. A number of disasters, from mass defections to Website/YouTube to the Inquisition kicking back into gear and a number of three-letter agencies starting to get a hint, have caused the Camarilla to wane and the Sabbat to all but vanish. The Anarchs are simply better suited to living on the fringes of society, society and have filled a lot of that power vacuum.



* ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' has the Bridge Burners, who are seen as this by the other Jotun. In reality they are more of an organized terrorist group who oppose the pilgrimage back to Homestead on the theory that they could end up doing more damage to Earth by inviting the Elves to come here.

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* ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' has the Bridge Burners, who are seen as this by the other Jotun. In reality reality, they are more of an organized terrorist group who oppose the pilgrimage back to Homestead on the theory that they could end up doing more damage to Earth by inviting the Elves to come here.



* The play ''Last Meals'' has in one of its vignettes a Timothy [=McVeigh=] {{expy}} with a thing for mint chocolate chip ice cream. He is shown making a speech to the camera and does an UnflinchingWalk from a building he has just blown up, while eating his ice cream.

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* The play ''Last Meals'' has in one of its vignettes a Timothy [=McVeigh=] {{expy}} with a thing for mint chocolate chip ice cream. He is shown making a speech to the camera and does an UnflinchingWalk from a building he has just blown up, up while eating his ice cream.



* Anarchist Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President William [=McKinley=], is one of main characters in ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'', and there is detailed examination of the cause of his radical beliefs. He comes across as the sympathetic of the assassins, with the most understandable motivation for his actions.

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* Anarchist Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President William [=McKinley=], is one of the main characters in ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'', and there is detailed examination of the cause of his radical beliefs. He comes across as the sympathetic of the assassins, with the most understandable motivation for his actions.



* The Followers of the Apocalypse from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' are an anarchist faction that averts this trope. Mistrusting organized governments, they provide technological and humanitarian aid equally to all, and urge the player character against actions that would give a government full control over the Mojave Wasteland. However, certain overly-zealous members are not above extreme actions to get what they want, including [[spoiler:assassinating an NCR trooper who found out that they were stealing water to grow crops]].
** Played straight by Samuel Cooke of the Powder Gangers. All the Powder Gangers are escaped cons; he was in for, well, being one of these. He seems to have no real long-term plans except for making bombs to harass [[TheFederation the NCR]] and joining the Great Khans (who also hate the NCR). He's actually the only member of the gang with this mentality, as the ones near the NCR Correctional Facility are just raiders, and one of his own henchman wants to surrender before Cooke drags them all to their deaths.

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* The Followers of the Apocalypse from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' are an anarchist faction that averts this trope. Mistrusting organized governments, they provide technological and humanitarian aid equally to all, all and urge the player character against actions that would give a government full control over the Mojave Wasteland. However, certain overly-zealous members are not above extreme actions to get what they want, including [[spoiler:assassinating an NCR trooper who found out that they were stealing water to grow crops]].
** Played straight by Samuel Cooke of the Powder Gangers. All the Powder Gangers are escaped cons; he was in for, well, being one of these. He seems to have no real long-term plans except for making bombs to harass [[TheFederation the NCR]] and joining the Great Khans (who also hate the NCR). He's actually the only member of the gang with this mentality, as the ones near the NCR Correctional Facility are just raiders, and one of his own henchman henchmen wants to surrender before Cooke drags them all to their deaths.



* Donn Throgg from ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' is a subversion. His M.O. is typical of the trope, but politically he is a right-leaning (relatively speaking, he's still quite socialist by any standards) union activist, who saw violence as the only way to stop the rampant abuse of orcs, half-orcs and poor humans by Tarantian factory owners. If you can convince him to continue the struggle by peaceful means, Throgg eventually runs for President of Tarant.

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* Donn Throgg from ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' is a subversion. His M.O. is typical of the trope, but politically he is a right-leaning (relatively speaking, he's still quite socialist by any standards) union activist, who saw violence as the only way to stop the rampant abuse of orcs, half-orcs half-orcs, and poor humans by Tarantian factory owners. If you can convince him to continue the struggle by peaceful means, Throgg eventually runs for President of Tarant.








* The supposed Marxist terrorist cell in ''Fairly Secret Army'' are really "chaosists", out to disrupt all social structures.

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* The supposed Marxist terrorist cell in ''Fairly Secret Army'' ''Series/FairlySecretArmy'' are really "chaosists", out to disrupt all social structures.


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* ''Series/TheFBI'': The VillainOfTheWeek in "Quantico" is Willard Smith: an anarchist with a hatred of laws who is bombing Federal buildings. He even says "I'm not a communist. They have even more rules than the squares".

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* Played with by the Siberian Black Army of ''VideoGame/TheNewOrderLastDaysOfEurope''. They are indeed intent on using violence to unify Russia, but so is every other warlord state from Vyatka to Magadan, with the Black Army only distinguished by its ideology. They've also graduated from throwing bombs to full-scale industrial warfare, and can even develop nuclear weapons.


Traditionally equipped with a CartoonBomb, described by one stock image-hosting site as an "[[http://www.fotosearch.com/STK009/app1006/ old-fashioned anarchist-style round bomb with burning fuse]]."

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Traditionally equipped with a CartoonBomb, described by one stock image-hosting site as an "[[http://www.fotosearch.com/STK009/app1006/ old-fashioned anarchist-style round bomb with burning fuse]]."
" Modern depictions favor dynamite sticks and Molotov cocktails.


[[caption-width-right:297:[-Cartoon conceptions of [[AnarchyIsChaos anarchism]] have [[DeadUnicornTrope varied over the years]]. Proceeding from top left: [[ComicBook/TheCartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse Larry Gonick]] [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bombthrowinganarchist.gif (1991);]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/af/TaburinChildrens.jpg/1000px-TaburinChildrens.jpg Vladimir Taburin]] [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/anarchist_3508.jpg (1917);]] Mike Flugennock [[http://sinkers.org (2011);]] [[Comicbook/VForVendetta Alan Moore]] [[http://fandomania.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/3.jpg (1989).]]-] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:297:[-Cartoon conceptions of [[AnarchyIsChaos anarchism]] have [[DeadUnicornTrope varied over the years]]. Proceeding from top left: [[ComicBook/TheCartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse Larry Gonick]] [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bombthrowinganarchist.gif (1991);]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/af/TaburinChildrens.jpg/1000px-TaburinChildrens.jpg Vladimir Taburin]] [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/anarchist_3508.jpg (1917);]] Mike Flugennock Flugennock[[note]]parodying the ''Discus Thrower'' sculpture[[/note]] [[http://sinkers.org (2011);]] [[Comicbook/VForVendetta Alan Moore]] [[http://fandomania.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/3.jpg (1989).]]-] ]]


* Dutch Van Der Linde of ''Videogame/RedDeadRedemption'' is an outlaw who is motivated by a hatred for the American government and the civilization and industrialism that they bring to the dying frontier, though at that point most of his motivation is just to cause as much chaos as possible in an attempt to justify his existence. This trait is downplayed in [[Videogame/RedDeadRedemption2 the prequel]], though even then his hatred for the federal government was still strong.

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* Dutch Van Der Linde of ''Videogame/RedDeadRedemption'' is an outlaw who is motivated by a hatred for the American government and the civilization and industrialism that they bring to the dying frontier, though at that point most of his motivation is just to cause as much chaos as possible in an attempt to justify his existence. This trait is downplayed in [[Videogame/RedDeadRedemption2 the prequel]], though even then which shows how his hatred for the federal government was still strong.ideals eventually eroded into madness.


* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Fanfic/BeyondTheBorders''; Rachel thinks that because she considers herself "an anarchist, kind of", she should know about {{Molotov Cocktail}}s. Given that she thinks this while desperately trying to remember how to make one, [[AvertedTrope it seems she is not an example]].
* Season 2 of ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'' introduces Nyx, an Irken Defective who hates what she sees as the corrupt system running the Irken Empire and wants to tear it down, usually by means of blowing stuff up and enabling riots. She's also clearly nuts, being an admitted fangirl of Zim and all the damage he causes.



* Season 2 of ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'' introduces Nyx, an Irken Defective who hates what she sees as the corrupt system running the Irken Empire and wants to tear it down, usually by means of blowing stuff up and enabling riots. She's also clearly nuts, being an admitted fangirl of Zim and all the damage he causes.

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* ''Series/RomperStomper'': Antifasc believe in direct action to fight fascism, mostly by beating up far-rightists.


Anarchism is an umbrella term for a bunch of views that advocate the reduction or elimination of hierarchic power and its replacement by various forms of voluntary non-hierarchical cooperation. Historically, many anarchists encourage nonviolent means for this goal.

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Anarchism is an umbrella term for a bunch of views that advocate the reduction or elimination (or even simply ignoring) of hierarchic power and its replacement by various forms of voluntary non-hierarchical cooperation. Historically, many anarchists encourage nonviolent means for this goal.


Anarchist Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President William [=McKinley=], is one of main characters in ''Tehatre/{{Assassins}}'', and there is detailed examination of the cause of his radical beliefs. He comes across as the sympathetic of the assassins, with the most understandable motivation for his actions.

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* Anarchist Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President William [=McKinley=], is one of main characters in ''Tehatre/{{Assassins}}'', ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'', and there is detailed examination of the cause of his radical beliefs. He comes across as the sympathetic of the assassins, with the most understandable motivation for his actions.

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Anarchist Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President William [=McKinley=], is one of main characters in ''Tehatre/{{Assassins}}'', and there is detailed examination of the cause of his radical beliefs. He comes across as the sympathetic of the assassins, with the most understandable motivation for his actions.

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